how to articulate using frameworks

tacit knowledge framework

“I think we should call you the queen of context”

^ my former CEO said to me on a call.

A chronic over-explainer, my experience in:

-”work with me guides

-context setting 1:1’s

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is second to none.

“Once I get the interview, the job is mine” — was a common (boastful) sentence uttered from me.

We call tacit knowledge lots of things. “lived experience, EQ”. it’s how to articulate using frameworks, those frameworks? check out the image below.

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The more I explore tacit versus explicit knowledge, the more I’m convinced that what we know but can’t quite express is crucial.

how to articulate using frameworks

It’s the gut instinct, the reading between the lines, the solving problems on the go. This kind of knowledge is hard to pin down, but it’s gold.

It’s the skill that calms a heated room and inspires teams through tough times.

It’s your competitive advantage that can’t be digitised or outsourced.

As a kid glued to ‘Get Smart,’ I was sure of it.

Spying was the career for me.

Every shoe phone call, every narrow escape. It wasn’t TV gold; it was a future job prospect. I mean, who wouldn’t want to outsmart villains for a living?

Fast forward. The spy dreams? Shelved. But not forgotten. Turns out, due diligence is like spying. It’s in everything.

Fraud analysis was one of my first gigs. Think less ‘dodging bullets,’ more ‘dodging financial pitfalls.’ It was a game of cat and mouse, but with data points and anomaly detection.

Also SEO competitor audits. New battlefield, same mission. This time it was about outsmarting competitors online. Links. Keywords. Content strategies.

Acquisitions and ops? Where I entered the generalist world. More of “hey can you check out X, we want to buy them”. It’s about dissecting a company’s worth before it joins the fold.

Through all these roles, one skill was king-gathering intelligence and sitting on it like some Smaug of info.

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It’s hard to sit in an interview and say “I’m great at stalking others”.

That’s why tacit knowledge and weaving professional narrative is so important.

It’s also where we fall flat. Explaining how what we know is relevant to the situation, how it’s valuable, how it matters- that shit is hard.

Linking ideas and concepts together in a way that has people nodding in agreement is a skill.

How to get better at communicating tacit knowledge

– by brainstorming concepts and mapping them out visually (mindmaps etc)

– by testing hypothesis with peers (aka “does this make sense, I’m exploring X and Y and noticed parallels)

-growth doesn’t happen in a vacuum, Tacit knowledge requires collaboration. Communities, feedback and conversation is vital for gaining momentum.

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